What is the Health Key and Certificate Management (hkmsvc) service?

An explanation of the Health Key and Certificate Management (hkmsvc) service in Windows 7.

What does the Health Key and Certificate Management (hkmsvc) service do?

The Health Key and Certificate Management (hkmsvc) service is responsible for managing X.509 certificate keys. VPNs and secure web pages (HTTPS) certificates are managed by the hkmsvc service.

Health Key and Certificate Management (hkmsvc) service details

  • Service name: hkmsvc
  • Description: Provides X.509 certificate and key management services for the Network Access Protection Agent (NAPAgent). Enforcement technologies that use X.509 certificates may not function properly without this service.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Health Key and Certificate Management (hkmsvc) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the hkmsvc service to run, but if you disable it you might not be able to use a VPN or view secure web pages.

Should I disable the Health Key and Certificate Management (hkmsvc) service?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; I would leave the hkmsvc service alone.

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